Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Vinoj P Selvam (BJP) looses to Dayanidhi Maran (DMK) in Chennai Central

Chennai Central Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 39 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu state. It is a General category parliament seat. It comprises of part of Chennai district. 

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Lok Sahba Elections 2024: Dayanidhi Maran of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) won in the Tamil Nadu's Chennai Central constituency with a margin of 2,44,689 votes defeating Vinoj P. Selvam of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Chennai Central is one of the three Lok Sabha constituencies in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. It holds special significance as it is the sixth most populous city in India and the 31st largest urban area in the world. It is located on the Coromandel coast off the Bay of Bengal, Chennai Central is one of the smallest Lok Sabha constituencies in India. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has stronghold on the Chennai Central parliamentary constituency in Tamil Nadu.  From 1997 to 2014, eleven Lok Sabha Elections were held where DMK won seven times and Congress three times. However, in 2014, the AIADMK defeated DMK capturing the seat for the first time. 

Vinoj P. Selvam (BJP) vs Dayanidhi Maran (DMK) 

A tough battle is expected between three prominent parties: DMK, DMDK, and BJP. From the INDIA bloc, DMK has fielded Dayanidhi Maran, BJP has fielded Vinoj P Selvam and DMDK has fielded B Parthasarthy.

What are the issues? 

In Tamil Nadu's Chennai Central constituency, several pressing issues affect the lives of its residents:

Urban Infrastructure: Chennai Central faces challenges related to inadequate urban infrastructure, including traffic congestion, poorly maintained roads, and insufficient public transportation services. Addressing these issues is crucial for improving mobility and reducing travel times for residents.

Water Management: Water scarcity is a significant concern in Chennai Central, exacerbated by erratic monsoon patterns and inadequate water management practices. Ensuring reliable access to clean water for drinking and sanitation purposes is essential for the well-being of the population.

Pollution: Chennai Central grapples with various forms of pollution, including air, water, and noise pollution. Industrial activities, vehicular emissions, and improper waste management contribute to environmental degradation, posing health risks to residents.

Housing and Urban Development: Affordable housing remains a challenge in Chennai Central, with many residents living in informal settlements lacking access to basic amenities. Addressing housing shortages and promoting sustainable urban development are key priorities for improving living conditions.

Employment Opportunities: Creating sustainable employment opportunities is vital for addressing poverty and promoting economic growth in Chennai Central. Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and fostering entrepreneurship can help stimulate job creation and economic development.

Caste equations in Chennai Central

Scheduled Caste (SC) constitutes of 16.8% while Schedule Tribe (ST) were 0.2% of total population in Chennai district of Tamil Nadu. Hindu's are highest in number with 3,751,322 in which there are 1,887,443 are males and 1,863,879 are females. Muslim's are second major religion in Chennai Central with 439,270 where 223,194 are males and 216,076 are females.  The literacy rate of Chennai district was 90.18% in 2011 which is greater than the average literacy rate 80.09% of Tamil Nadu. 

Who won in 2019? 

The 2019 elections for Tamil Nadu's 39 seats in the 17th Lok Sabha were held on April 18, in the second phase of the 2019 Indian general elections. Dayanidhi Maran from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), won a landslide victory, taking 38 of the 39 seats.  

History of Chennai Central Lok Sabha seat 

Chennai Central Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 39 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu state. It is a General category parliament seat. It comprises of part of Chennai district.